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Sports Stars Making a Difference 2017

Last night, Sports Illustrated awarded the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick (and Beyoncé was there!). Here are some recommended books about sports stars from the past and today who have Made a Difference. See also “What Makes a Good Sports Novel?” by Dean Schneider from The Horn Book Magazine and “Awe-inspiring athletes” from […]

Awe-inspiring athletes

Ancona, George  Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Candlewick Follow four boys as they rehearse for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico’s multi-school literature-themed recital. Ancona shows the joy, as well as the hard work, discipline, and strength of this art form. Large color photos of the boys […]

Recommended baseball books

Play ball! The books below include both fiction and nonfiction titles for a range of ages. All were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For more […]

Batter up for Opening Day 2017!

The sun is shining (thank goodness — we need it after the slushy start to April this weekend) as a new season of America’s national pastime begins today. Down the street at Fenway Park, our Red Sox are set to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon. Go Sox! Meanwhile, here at The Horn Book […]

Review of Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School    Roaring Brook    280 pp. 1/17    978-1-59643-954-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-59643-955-9    $9.99 Football icon Jim Thorpe is the indisputable star of Undefeated, although other compelling narratives come into play, including those of the infamous […]

Sports science and technology

Anniss, Matt  The Impact of Technology in Sports Middle school, high school     56 pp.      Heinemann Impact of Technology series. This survey takes a positive look at how technology has changed sports. A new understanding of biomechanics and diagnostics has helped athletes, including those with disabilities, improve performance. The accessible text covers advances in training, nutrition, […]

Fiete Sports app review

With the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics beginning tomorrow, what better time to play the Fiete Sports app (Ahoiii, July 2016; iOS only)? Similar in structure to Ahoiii’s Fiete: A Day on the Farm app, Fiete Sports allows the affable sailor — with your help — to compete against his friends Hein and Hinnerk in Summer Olympics–style […]

RIP Ali

He was the greatest. Remember The Champ with these biographies, all recommended at their time of publication by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide. Reviews reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Primary Bolden, Tonya  The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Knopf     2004 Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. This carefully […]

Review of Booked

Booked by Kwame Alexander Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    314 pp. 4/16    978-0-544-57098-6    $16.99    g Eighth grader Nick Hall is quite a wordsmith, thanks largely to his father, a linguistics professor and the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, which Nick is required to read page by page: “You’re the only kid / on your block / […]

Opening Day 2016

It’s Opening Day at Fenway Park! (We can hear the helicopters from the Horn Book office.) Here are some baseball picture books to get you cheering for the ol’ ball game. McCully, Emily Arnold  Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Farrar/Ferguson     2015 In the early twentieth century, […]